Michael Schumacher: "I can't honestly say this was an entirely satisfying qualifying session for us. Being fourth, almost a second off the pole is not what we expected. I remember that after qualifying in Budapest nobody expected Hakkinen to win,...
"I can't honestly say this was an entirely satisfying qualifying session for us. Being fourth, almost a second off the pole is not what we expected. I remember that after qualifying in Budapest nobody expected Hakkinen to win, but we all saw what happened there. Now we must look at our performance to understand what we need to do to be as well prepared as possible for tomorrow's race. On my second run, which turned out to be my best, I was slowed by traffic in the second sector. Then on my third run, I had to slow again because of the yellow flags, as can be seen from my third sector.Tomorrow's race will be very interesting, especially as the weather could be different to today's."
"All weekend I have been unable to find the ideal set-up. Finally, on my third run, the car seemed to be going better and I was setting a good time and could have made up a few important places on the grid. However, at the entry to the chicane, I locked the wheels and ended up spinning. Then when I came back to the pits I had to stop at the scrutineering and I lost further time."
"This was a disappointing qualifying session for both our drivers. We have to accept that, for various reasons, we never managed to extract all the potential of our car and neither driver managed a perfect lap. On his last run, Michael had to slow in the third sector because of the yellow flags. After spinning on his third run, Rubens had to stop at the scrutineering check, losing precious time. That meant he had to push hard on the out lap of his fourth run to cross the line before the end of the sixty minutes. This caused excessive tyre wear which prevented him from improving. Given our start positions, tomorrow our objective has to be to improve on them."